is a two-time All-America honoree at guard for the Cardinal. (David Madison/Getty Images)
Stanford left guard David Yankey will forgo the option for a fifth collegiate season and enter the NFL draft, the Cardinal announced Monday.
In a statement, Yankey said his decision is just the next step in his journey.
"I reached my decision following conversations with family and coaches, and am greatly looking forward to the next chapter in life," said Yankey. "The decision was not easy. I have loved my time at Stanford and am a proud member of Nerd Nation. I am humbled at the prospect of joining a long list of Stanford alumni currently playing in the NFL.
"I want to thank everyone at Stanford for their unwavering support throughout my four years. Coming here was an incredible opportunity and everyone on campus - from professors and coaches to support staff and fans - have demonstrated why this place is so special."
Yankey and the Stanford offensive line allowed only 4.14 tackles for loss per game this year (No. 7 nationally) while surrendering just 1.14 sacks per game (11th). Yankey, a unanimous All-America selection this fall and consensus All-American in 2012, will join fellow Stanford players Trent Murphy
, Shayne Skov
and Tyler Gaffney
in the NFL draft.